Women In Industry

Would you like to network and learn from women who work in the Material Handling Industry?

Download the 2023 Women in Industry Outline. Programs and dates subject to change.

Each year more and more women are hired within the material handling industry. MHEDA offers several opportunities throughout the year for women to connect with other professionals in the industry to learn, network and grow.

Women In Industry Mission Statement:  To inspire and draw women to the material handling industry by offering resources and a network that foster professional success while furthering the mission of MHEDA.

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Get Involved With Women in Industry Opportunities

Join a MHEDA-NET Women in Industry Group

MHEDA-NET is a FREE member tele-networking program. You will be connected with other women who also work in the material handling industry.

Here are just a few topics groups may potentially discuss:

  • How do we promote effective means of communication between and within the genders?
  • What are some tips we can use on how to manage people?
  • What are some tips on work/life balance?
  • How do we promote the material handling industry to attract/recruit women?
  • How do we change the industry culture?
  • And more


Attend the Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum at ProMat 2023

This event offers an afternoon of professional development and networking for ProMat attendees and exhibitors.

Marguerite Ham

Date: Monday, March 20
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Room S406ab (Vista Ballroom)
Fee: Separate registration and fee of $125 is required.

12:00 pm–1:00 pm: Lunch and Welcome
1:00 pm–4:00 pm: Marguerite Ham: 5 Languages of Leadership

Keynote Description: The 5 Languages of Leadership by Marguerite Ham, executive coach and communication expert. There is an art and language to becoming a successful leader! This course teaches leaders and potential leaders how to communicate and establish trust with all different people; build strong, effective teams; align their team with company values and missions; develop future leaders; and become personally agile enough to function in many different teams and work situations.

4:00 pm–5:00 pm: Reception

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Participate in the Women in Industry Virtual Series: Stand Out Communications presented by Judy Hoberman

Join MHEDA for a new, four-part Virtual Series “Stand Out Communications” in May 2023. It’s an interactive, engaging program designed to help women more strategically communicate, stand out and improve their personal brand.

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Attend the Women in Industry Conference

November 2, 2023 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL

This powerful one-day event designed to help move you through the ever-changing Material Handling business climate. This is your opportunity to connect, learn and grow with other women who face similar daily challenges as you. Discuss industry trends during the roundtable sessions, improve your business communication skills, improve the culture within your organization, gain strategies to overcome the imposter syndrome and so much more. Details will be posted as they become available.

Check out the 2022 Women in Industry Recap

Attend the Annual Women in Industry Breakfast at Convention

MHEDA hosts a Women in Industry breakfast during the Annual Convention & Exhibitor Showcase as a networking opportunity for women attending convention. Here are the dates for future programs. Mark your calendars now.

Women In Industry

See what participants have to say about the program.

“I am passionate about helping others in Business Development, Sales, Marketing and Education.  I work with distributors, vendors, manufacturers and team members of all levels on multiple platforms including face to face networking, online communication and social media which keeps me engaged and learning.  I love what I do each day!”
– MHEDA Member Linda Anlauf, WPRP

“I was also held to a tougher standard, no doubt about it. I had to know the business inside and out or I was immediately discounted. My advice to women entering the material handling industry is this: the industry is rapidly growing, is seeking women, and in the end may the best man or woman win!”
– MHEDA Member Lori Palmer, President, REB Storage Systems International

“Is there a feminine way to do business?  The answer really is yes.  Women bring new perspectives to a business. Research shows that women adapt better to new situations, make better decisions, make better leaders and invest their money more wisely. So when asked what women bring to the table, we can say both new perspectives and new solutions.”
– Judy Hoberman, Selling in a Skirt